BAM MARGERA: Painful Kayak Disaster
BREAKING NEWS: Bam Margera's guts busted through his abdominal lining when he plummeted over a 100 ft cliff in a kayak ... and now TMZ has obtained footage of the stunt that sent Bam to the E.R.
We broke the story ... the "Jackass" star needed emergency surgery to fix a nasty hernia he sustained during the kayak stunt at an Oregon waterfall last week with pro kayaker Steve Fisher. In the footage, Fisher warns Margera to "tense everything" before they go off the cliff -- but when the duo smash into the water, the force of the impact was so intense, Bam was ejected from the vessel ... and he suffered damage to his abdominal wall. Moments after the stunt, Bam was seen smiling and laughing ... but he soon realized something was wrong and went to a hospital ... where doctors performed emergency surgery to treat the hernia.
When we caught up with Bam after the incident, the daredevil told us he might need more surgery in the fall. Wham, Bam, Thank You Ma’m: MTV Star Bam Margera Runs “100-foot” waterfall with Steve Fisher Fisher and Bam bound for an MTV Meltdown. Bam Margera, star and founder of the hit MTV show “Jackass”, “Jackass, The Movie” and MTV’s “Viva La Bam” series, has been on the front of such magazines as Rolling Stone, People, Sports Illustrated, and ESPN. Now he’s also been in the front of a tandem kayak piloted by none other than Steve Fisher... Bam recently tweeted a picture of himself in a hospital bed after running a “100-foot waterfall” in Oregon. Margera tweeted the picture along with the post, “Just did a 100ft tandem kayak jump with pro kayaker Steve Fisher in Oregon!” He was hospitalized in Oregon for suffering an aggravated hernia afterward. There’s no word yet on if the stunt was for painful pleasure or if Bam is working on some new reality show for MTV. For Fisher, it was a far cry from the Congo, from which he recently returned on an expedition running the biggest whitewater in the world.
As for Bam, the photo shows Bam standing on Benson Bridge at Multnomah Falls, whose upper falls are listed as 542 feet with the lower falls 69. Nearby Albiqua falls in Marion County is 100 feet, so the true location is still unknown.
Bam first broke onto the national scene as a 13 year old pro-skater known for his street style and wild antics. He then created the CKY video series, which featured skating, pranks and stunts, all filmed in his hometown of West Chester, Pa. His on-screen personality and the grassroots success of the CKY series became the platform for his Jackass series for MTV. In addition to his television and film projects, he continues to direct music videos, his show “Radio Bam” on Sirius Satellite Radio and his “Viva La Bands” CD/DVD series and tour.